Ovulation calendars and other ovulation tracking methods
Posted Jun 18 2011 6:20am
“this is the most concise information I’ve read about ovulation calendars…thanks!!”
Are you trying to get pregnant? That old saying, the one about knowledge being power, definitely applies to you.
Women who are familiar with their own menstrual cycles and know when they ovulate greatly increase their chances
of getting knocked up more quickly. How do you make it happen? There are lots of ways to track your ovulation,
actually. Here is an overview.
Ovulation calendars have got to come at number one, because they are so easy to use and combine very well with
other methods too. How do you use an online ovulation calendar? If you know your average cycle length and the
date your last menstrual period started, you’re already good to go. Know the length of your luteal phase too, and this
handy tool will be able to get even more accurate results for you. My favorite thing about using an ovulation calendar
is that you will be able to time your use of an ovulation test around the days you are actually most likely to be fertile.
This saves hassle and money.
Ovulation tests use luteinizing hormone, LH, to detect when a woman ovulates. This hormone reaches peak levels
during the afternoon hours, so it is important to take your tests in later on – unlike pregnancy tests. Ovulation tests
are very accurate, but remember to have intercourse in the days before you expect ovulation too, because those
swimmers need some time to reach that egg, and they can survive for around five days inside the female body.
Fertility charting, using basal body temperature, is another ovulation-tracking method. After you get used to taking
your temperature – best done very early in the morning, before you get up – this can be a very reliable way to find out
when you ovulate.
Cervical mucus can give you a lot of information about fertility. Some ladies are so good at monitoring their mucus
that they are able to use it as their sole ovulation-tracking method. Your typical fertile cervical mucus will look much
like raw egg whites and is thin and runny.
Finally, tuning in to your body and recognizing the natural symptoms of ovulation might help you conceive faster.
Almost every woman has some ovulation symptoms. They can include ovulation pain, tender breasts, fatigue,
and slight abdominal bloating. Some ladies also have an ovulation bleeding. Don’t confuse that with implantation
bleeding, which would take place around ten days after ovulation and can be considered one of the earliest pregnancy signs .
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